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A New Direction for India-Saudi Arabia Ties

On March 8, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir, was in New Delhi to prepare the agenda for an upcoming visit from the Indian prime minister in early April. Narendra Modi will undertake a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia while returning from the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. This will be his…

IAF reactivates two landing grounds in Arunachal Pradesh

Boosting the nation’s rapid airlift capability for forward operations and troop deployment, the Indian Air Force re-activated two upgraded Advanced Landing Grounds (ALG) at Ziro and Along in Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday. “The ALGs will further enhance our existing operational capabilities in Eastern Air Command,” Air Marshal C. Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air…

MoD gives nod to 7 stealth frigates worth Rs 13,000 crore

    The defence ministry on Friday approved a Rs 13,000 crore weapons and sensors package for the seven new stealth frigates being constructed by defence shipyards for the Navy as well as accorded the initial approval for the Rs 7,200 crore project to indigenously manufacture 244 air defence guns for the IAF.  The defence…

Air force readies for Iron fist fire drills

  The Indian Air Force would demonstrate its Combat and firepower capabilities at Pokhran on 18 Mar 16. This mammoth exercise in the Thar Desert would involve the participation of 181 aircraft departing from multiple bases, and demonstrate a synchronized aerial ballet that would showcase its deadly combat capability over the entire spectrum of aerial…

SAARC nations should create common court to tackle terrorism: India

Citing the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, a Supreme Court Judge from India has suggested the creation of a “common court” for countries in the SAARC region that comprises judges from each nation who can share their knowledge and tackle cross-border terrorism cases. “The one incident which happened in India about terrorists crossing international border was…

After Saras,HAL seeks new joint venture partner for 50-80 seat aircraft

India’s plans to develop a home-grown regional transport aircraft (RTA) appear to have been scrapped, with state owned airframer Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) releasing a new request for information for the manufacture of a 50-80 seat dual-role regional aircraft in India. The RFI follows an announcement last year that plans to develop the RTA in partnership with…

It Took 14 Years. India To Buy 2 Rescue Submarines For 1,900 Crores

  India will spend 1,900 crores on buying two rescue submarines from a UK firm, the government has decided. The decision to buy submarines for emergency deep-sea missions was first taken 14 years ago, but it was only last night that the Cabinet Committee on Security chose UK manufacturer James Fisher for the purchase. The…

India to put 12 US satellites into space in 2016-17

India will launch 25 foreign satellites in 2016-17 using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). While 12 of these belong to the US, the remaining 13 belong to six countries - Germany, Canada, Algeria, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. Sharing these facts in response to a question in Rajya Sabha, minister of state Jitendra Singh on…

India launch sixth IRNSS satellite launch

An Indian rocket on Thursday blasted off successfully with the country's sixth navigation satellite called IRNSS-1F, marking another big step closer to a home-grown GPS or Global Positioning System. Indian Space agency ISRO's sixth navigation satellite IRNSS-1F was launched on board trusted workhorse PSLV C32. The launch was delayed by a minute as scientists tried…

Tejas to fire US, Russian missiles at IAF show

  India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), the Tejas, will fire US- and Russian-origin missiles at an Indian Air Force show, ‘Iron Fist-2016’, scheduled to be held in Rajasthan on March 18. The jet is on its way to achieve final operational clearance and induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF has confirmed…

Iran test-fires 2 missiles capable of reaching Israel: Reports

  Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) reportedly test-fired two ballistic missiles Wednesday, in defiance of the warnings from the United States that warned of new sanctions against the country. Iran claimed that the missiles were capable of reaching Israel. The IRGC test-fired two Qadr missiles "with a range of 2000 km" from northern Iran. This…

LCA Tejas, BrahMos, MBT Arjun have highest import content; missiles lowest

Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday told the Rajya Sabha that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has been making "all possible efforts to increase indigenous content in its products," according to a press release. Though it is well known that not everything in the LCA Tejas, the indigenous multi-role light fighter aircraft…

Indian Army rapes women in Kashmir :: Kanhaiya Kumar

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’s Union president Kanhaiya Kumar has stroked yet another controversy claiming that some Indian army soldiers rape women in Kashmir. Kanhaiya Kumar while addressing JNU students said that he would raise his voice against human rights violation and AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) in Kashmir. He also said that army men…

NAMO Government: – THE SAVIOUR OF OUR SAVIOUR’S

  Whenever we talk or hear of our armed forces our heads go up with pride and we believe that no one can dare to touch our frontiers when the men in olive greens are there on the fronts. Apart of all the respect and pride the strength of Indian defense forces had degraded substantially…

Tata Motors ties up with Bharat Forge & US-based GDLS for combat vehicle program

Tata Motors has formed a strategic alliance with Bharat Forge Limited and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) of the US for the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV) program. Tata Motors will lead the consortium, with Bharat Forge Limited as a partner, while General Dynamics Land Systems will bring in its expertise…